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IMAGE 3.0 released

07-07-2014

PBL released a new version of its internationally leading integrated assessment model framework IMAGE – IMAGE 3.0. The model has been improved to strengthen its relevance in assessing long-term environmental and sustainability problems and identifying possible answers.

Smart about Cities – visualising the challenge for 21st century urbanism

17-06-2014

The future of the city has suddenly re-emerged at the top of the political agenda. And quite rightly so. Attention is largely focused on the idea of the 'smart city' – which is based on innovative urban planning, using smart technologies that make cities both safer and cleaner and, in particular, more efficient. But do they really improve cities, though?

Climate Dialogue reopened with a discussion on Climate Sensitivity

13-05-2014

After a nine-month period of silence, a new discussion has started on Climate Dialogue, an international blog on the science of climate change. Goal of the platform is to explore the full range of views currently held by scientists, by inviting experts with differing views on the topic to participate. This new discussion is about one of the most crucial subjects in climate science: climate sensitivity.

The European climate and energy package for 2030: is it adequate?

22-01-2014

On Wednesday 22 January, the European Commission published a new climate target for 2030: a reduction in greenhouse gases of 40%, relative to 1990 levels. If the EU was to contribute in accordance with its economic strength to limiting global warming to 2 degree Celsius, it should aim for an emission reduction of 45% to 47%.

 

Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe

02-12-2013

Regions differ from each other, economically – they compete over different products and geographical areas, exhibit different strengths and weaknesses, and provide different possibilities for growth and development. That which fosters growth in one region may hamper it in another. This book presents an accessible methodology for identifying competitors and their particular circumstances in Europe, discusses regional competitiveness from a conceptual perspective, and explores both past and future regional development policies in Europe.

Highlights

PBL organized two seminars during the IABR

As part of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency organized two symposia in The Kunsthal in Rotterdam. On June, 5: ‘The infrastructure of the Smart City’ (in Dutch); on June, 19: ‘Global challenges, urban futures’.

Green Gains: In search of opportunities for the Dutch economy

If the Netherlands is to remain a strong player in the global economy, it needs to intensify its efforts in greening its economy. The Netherlands lags behind competing neighbouring countries, who began their transition towards a green economy earlier, focus more on doing so, have ambitious long-term targets in place, and invest heavily in research. The business community by itself cannot bring about a green Dutch economy; the government also has an important role to play. What is needed is a stronger, greener innovation policy.